CAW to Elect Top Union Officers at Constitutional Convention

August 17, 2009, 11:40 AM EST

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More than 1000 CAW members, staff and special guests will gather in Quebec City for the union's 9th Constitutional Convention to elect the three top officers and debate the policy direction of the union, Tuesday, August 18 to Friday, August 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Centre de Congres. 

CAW President Ken Lewenza will stand for re-election, as will Quebec Director Jean-Pierre Fortin, while a successor to National Secretary-Treasurer will be elected, replacing Jim O'Neil, who will retire after an18-year tenure in the position. O'Neil is the union's longest standing officer. 

The theme of this year's convention is: "challenges, resistance, opportunity, renewal," with a particular focus on building an inclusive labour movement in difficult economic times. Central to this goal will be expanding the role of young workers in the union, increasing community outreach, including working more closely with new Canadians, temporary and immigrant workers and workers of colour. 

Delegates representing local unions from coast to coast to coast will have a chance to debate and vote on union policies, as laid out in the CAW Constitution.

The Convention will include addresses from the following speakers at the approximate times below.

Tuesday, August 18
11:00 a.m. - CAW National President Ken Lewenza
3:30 p.m. - Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti

Wednesday, August 19
10:00 a.m. - International Transport Federation General Secretary David Cockroft
2:30 p.m. - Canadian Union of Public Employees National President Paul Moist
4:00 p.m. - CSA TUCA General Secretary Victor Báez Mosqueira

Thursday, August 20
10:00 a.m. - Bernard Thibault of the CGT
12:00 p.m. - Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union National President David Coles
2:30 p.m. - FTQ President Michel Arsenault
4:00 p.m. - Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois

Constitutional Conventions are held every three years and are fully bilingual.

Convention policy papers and other information will be made available here.

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